The Butterfly Effect

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Have you heard of the ''Butterfly Effect''? In 1963, a man named Mr. Lorenz had a theory that was fairly simple and was laughed at by many colleagues.  His theory stated that a butterfly could flap its wings in Texas and, as a result, air molecules would be moved.  Those air molecules would cause other molecules of air to move, maybe in Tennessee, then in Florida, and eventually moving enough molecules that it would be possible for a violent storm to form on the other side of the planet.  This theory was proven true in the 1990’s, and not just with molecules of air. I feel that this principle relates in a lot of ways to the formation of SparkPeople.

While SparkPeople's CEO, Chris Downie, was working at P&G, he knew there was something more for him.  He already had passion for his health and he put a plan into action.  Soon enough, SparkPeople was born and his dream became a reality to ''spark'' others into better health.  You see, Chris spread his wings and moved a few molecules in the universe, and those molecules are still moving.

That is the beautiful thing about the Butterfly Effect.  Chris started SparkPeople because of his passion for health and helping others.  He put the word out about a new weight loss website; others heard about it and joined.  Those new members had success and enjoyed the site, so they told their friends and family about SparkPeople, which lead to another person, which led to the guy I heard about SparkPeople from, which lead to my own wellness and this very blog that you are now reading.  That is absolutely amazing when you really think about it.

If you take a look back in your life, how far back can you go to find people who have been moved by your molecules of life?  Your life has affected somebody, and that person's life affected the next person and so on.  THAT is pretty special, don’t you think?  This is one of the reasons that I think it is SO important to share your stories.  One way to share your story is to be active in the forums of SparkPeople.  You never know who you will affect. 

Taking a deeper look at this principal and applying it to our lives as a whole, you have to realize that everything you do matters.  Everything. Not only for you, but for your family and those around you, too.  This is where our responsibility for taking care of ourselves comes into play.  Using my own story as an example, I am more than grateful that I’ve changed my life.  I can't imagine my former self being imitated as an example.  I cannot fathom the thought of my harmful habits being duplicated in my family.  Everything I do matters; there are eyes watching, there are ears listening, there are butterflies in my house. Everything YOU DO matters.

Don't you want your molecules to be positive molecules?  Sure, there will be bad days. We all have them, and that’s ok.  Do everything in your power to change the negative molecules to positive, not only for YOUR benefit, but for the benefit of those around you.  Allow those around you to help with the change if necessary by using their positive molecules.  It might sound crazy, but it works!

Spark friends, SparkPeople is the epitome of the Butterfly Effect. I believe that if we all flap our wings, share our stories and encourage each other, we can rid this world of obesity, one person at a time.

How have you helped someone else on his/her journey to a healthier way of living?

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